Paisley Desert Roundup Day 10

The incident started on October 11.  Gather stats through October 20:

  • Horses captured: 707
  • Goal: 750
  • Deaths: 13
  • Returned: 0
  • Shipped: 642

Foals accounted for 20.5% of the total.  Three horses were put down on Day 10 due to pre-existing conditions, bringing the total to 13.

The daily results yield 642 horses shipped but the cumulative total says 654.

Body condition scores are not known.

There are 707 – 13 – 642 = 52 unaccounted-for horses.  The contractor may be holding them on site.

If 70% of the horses had to be removed from the HMA due to lack of water, what was the impact on privately owned livestock?

RELATED: Paisley Desert Roundup Day 8.

Red Desert Roundup Day 11

The incident started on October 10.  Gather stats through October 20:

  • Horses captured: 671
  • Goal: 2,400
  • Deaths: 1
  • Returned: 90
  • Shipped: 475

No activity on Day 10 due to weather.  Foals accounted for 23.8% of the total.  The sex ratio of captured adults is approximately 44% males, 56% females.

The reports did not indicate the HMA(s) where the horses were captured.

Body condition scores are not known.

There are 671 – 1 – 90 – 475 = 105 unaccounted-for horses.  The contractor may be holding them on site.

Five HMAs are involved in the roundup.

RELATED: Red Desert Roundup Day 9.

Rangeland Stewardship Awards Go to Public-Lands Ranchers

We know that cattle and sheep are intelligent, hard working and dedicated to the improvement of western rangelands, so they should be recognized for their efforts.

Unlike wild horses and burros, who are destroying their habitat.

What’s the difference?  Human involvement.

Are local advocacy groups allowed to participate?

No!  You only need to look at the Sinbad roundup to see what happens when volunteers try to help wild horses and burros.

Every year, 50% of grazing receipts or $10 million, whichever is greater, goes back into the program for rangeland improvements.  Wells, tanks and water lines, road, fence and gate repairs, etc.  Other funds go to predator management and vegetation control.

In exchange, the ranchers pay the government almost nothing.

What’s invested in the WHB program?

The news release sounds like a mutual admiration society.  The president of the Public Lands Council, a cheerleader group for the public-lands ranchers, said “Grazing on federal lands is a critical part of our country’s food supply…,” which it isn’t.

You could end the program tomorrow and nobody would notice.

Horse Takes Barrel Racer on Hell Ride

Only a few seconds earlier she had been digging it into his gums, spurring him on to victory.  Then the bit broke—allowing him to give her some feedback on her riding style.

He bolted from the arena, with her on top, down the driveway and over to a busy highway, according to a story posted this morning by the Nashville Tennessean.

He ran wild for 15 minutes but does not appear to be a wild horse.  The incident stopped with the help of a firefighter and nobody was hurt.

But what will happen to the horse?

Clark Mountain Gather Update

The start date is not known.  Gather stats through October 16, courtesy of BLM:

  • Burros captured: 117
  • Goal: 80
  • Deaths: 0
  • Returned: 0
  • Shipped: 117

Foals accounted for 21.4% of the total.  The sex ratio of captured adults is approximately 43% male, 57% female.

The method of capture is bait traps.  Animals removed from the HA have been taken to the off-range corrals in Ridgecrest.

The operation will probably conclude this week.

RELATED: Clark Mountain Roundup in Progress.

Paisley Desert Roundup Day 8

The incident started on October 11.  Gather stats through October 18:

  • Horses captured: 596
  • Goal: 750
  • Deaths: 10
  • Returned: 0
  • Shipped: 330

Foals accounted for 21% of the total.  All of the deaths were attributed to pre-existing conditions.

The daily results yield 330 horses shipped but the cumulative total says 436.

Body condition scores are not known.

The imbalance is 256 horses.  Some of the gap may be due to the discrepancy in the horses shipped.  The contractor should be holding the remainder on site.

The operation will likely conclude this week.

RELATED: Paisley Desert Emergency Roundup in Progress.

Red Desert Roundup Day 9

The incident started on October 10.  Gather stats through October 18:

  • Horses captured: 598
  • Goal: 2,400
  • Deaths: 1
  • Returned: 90
  • Shipped: 339

No activity on Day 8 due to weather.  Foals accounted for 23.7% of the total.  The sex ratio of captured adults is approximately 45% males, 55% females.

The reports did not indicate the HMA(s) where the horses were captured or released.

Of the horses returned, 46 were “treated with fertility control.”  No details were given.

Body condition scores are not known.

The imbalance is 168 horses.  The contractor may be holding them on site.

The release of horses back to their home range may indicate the operation is finished in one area and will resume in another.  Five HMAs are affected.

RELATED: Red Desert Roundup Day 7.

Back to the Fast-Disappearing Days

The following remarks were delivered at the October 2019 WHBAB meeting by a representative of the Society for Range Management, an organization that believes rangelands should be used for livestock grazing and not much else.

Although the group accepts wild horses and burros on those lands, they insist that their numbers be limited to those that existed when the WHB Act became law (0:23 to 0:36).

This is where they’re going with the ‘Path Forward.’

We know from President Nixon’s remarks that only 9,500 wild horses and 11,000 wild burros remained on western rangelands in 1971.  That’s equivalent to 15,000 wild horses today on 27 million acres, for a stocking rate of 0.6 horses per thousand acres.

A number that low means only one thing: Large amounts of forage diverted to privately owned livestock.

No new laws are required.  Just enforce the plans that are already on the books.

RELATED: ‘Path Forward’ Extinction Target.

Arrest in Florida Slaughter Case

A man who led a horse from its stall last December and killed it for its meat has been arrested and charged, according to a report posted yesterday by AP News.

In a 2018 interview on Fox News, Dave Duquette, spokesman for Protect the Harvest, a cheerleader group for the public-lands ranchers, said “There was one meat buyer…in the south of…in Florida…that said he had 2.3 million Hispanics down there that would eat it…every day if they could get it.”  That video has been scrubbed from YouTube.

Future of Wild Horses in Hands of U.S. Senate?

So says the writer of an opinion piece published this morning by the Las Vegas Sun.

Written by the director of field operations for AWHC, it’s just another attempt to push the PZP Amendment through Congress, an idea so good that even the Rolling Stones would support it.

This is the same guy who’s coordinating the Virginia Range darting program.  A former BLM employee, he’s 100% on board with the overpopulation narrative.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story, especially if you’re a big-name ‘advocacy’ group with a hidden agenda.

Truth is, the helicopters are flying because most of the resources in wild horse areas have been diverted to privately owned livestock.  And, apparently, AWHC doesn’t give a damn about that.  Just keep the PZP supply chain moving.

Short End of Stick Recap 10-14-20-1Would you be surprised if they take money from ranching interests?  The organization needs a thorough house cleaning, starting at the top.

Handiwork of PZP Zealots

Red Desert Roundup Day 7

The incident started on October 10.  Gather stats through October 16:

  • Horses captured: 477
  • Goal: 2,400
  • Deaths: 1
  • Returned: 24
  • Shipped: 212

No activity on Day 5 due to weather.  Foals accounted for 23% of the total.  One death occurred today, Day 7, but no details were provided.  It was classified as pre-existing.

The reports did not indicate the HMA(s) where the horses were captured.  No details were given for the horses returned. 

The imbalance is 240 horses.  The contractor may be holding them on site.

RELATED: Red Desert Roundup Day 3.

FREES Conference Last Week

A story by the Powell Tribune of Powell, WY says the Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Network met last week in Cody to discuss wild horse overpopulation and its effects on wildlife and multiple use of public lands.

The meeting follows one held last year in Reno.

The group seeks healthy herds on healthy rangelands, according to the report, which means “achieve and maintain AMLs,” code words for “manage HMAs principally for cattle and sheep.”

On the Red Desert Roundup

As the photos roll out, remember that you are watching an enforcement action.

Media coverage—if there is any—will focus on casualties and the treatment of the horses but the real injustice was done years ago, by those who wrote and approved the resource management plans.

On the Lost Creek HMA, for example, the horses receive an estimated four percent of the authorized forage, excluding wildlife.  They have been consuming more than their fair share, around 16%, so the herd needs to be cut down to size.

The same is true for the ‘Path Forward,’ a plan with the same goal but much broader scope: Enforce the resource allocations across all HMAs, manage them principally for cattle and sheep.

Path Forward Signatories

Notably absent from the signatories are drillers and miners, the supposed boogeymen of western rangelands.

But there are dozens of ‘advocacy’ groups that can be added to the list—always begging for your money—so they can make sure those forage allocations never go any higher.

They, like the public-lands ranchers, are enemies of America’s wild horses.

Hypothesis Revisited, Again

The original statement went something like this: The number of wild horses and burros in off-range holding can be explained by the misappropriation of forage on just a few dozen HMAs.

How’s the theory holding up?  Twelve more areas have been considered since the last report, they appear in the sidebar on the right titled ‘Short End of Stick.’

Data from those posts have been added to the original list, starting with the Big Summit WHT and ending with the Lost Creek HMA.

Short End of Stick Recap 10-14-20-1

Some areas are managed for burros but the calculations are based on wild horses.  If you want to know the number of burros displaced from an area by privately owned livestock, multiply the horses denied by two.  Same for the AMLs.

For the areas considered so far, livestock receive about 84% of the authorized forage (excluding wildlife), with the balance going to horses.  The total number of horses displaced from their home range is 46,770.

If you prefer a mix, you could say 45,000 horses + 2 × 1,770 burros = 48,540 wild horses and burros displaced from their home range, which is roughly equal to the number of horses and burros in off-range holding.

The theory has been validated.

The true AML of 55,503 is six times higher than the current AML of 8,733, slightly more than predicted by the Rule of 5.

Imagine what the true AML would be for all HMAs and WHTs!

The problem is not too many horses or not enough contraceptives.  The problem is public-lands ranching.

RELATED: Hypothesis Revisited.

Cattle and Horses